Sunday, March 09, 2008

My Decision

I have written and submitted a short story related to my life for the book that Peach is organising. It is to be a collection of short stories and all profts will go to the charity WAR CHILD.
I have no idea if my story will be included. I believe the ladies putting the book together had rather a lot of entries. Anyway here is my contribution. I changed my mind many times regarding what I was going to write but finally decide to write about a fairly recent period of my life in a waythat has hopefully come across in a light hearted and positive way.

MY DECISION


It has been a couple of years now and I don’t have any regrets. Some time ago, I think it was the middle of last summer my mother asked the question.

‘If you had known how hard it was going to be would you still have done it?’


I consider this carefully before replying. I am not sure why as I knew the answer, there was never any doubt in my mind.

‘Yes most definitely, it was the best thing I could have done.’

Indeed it was the only thing I could have done. I had given it my best shot. 19 years of my life I had given to that man. But the day had come when I realised that enough was enough. He couldn’t understand it when I told him I didn’t want to continue living with him. He couldn’t work out what was wrong with me. We had a good marriage didn’t we, we never argued did we?

He was right in a way, as until the last few months we had very rarely had a row. Firstly he was never around to have a row with as he was always either at work, pub or asleep. (the perfect marriage in some ways).

Secondly we never rowed because, when he was around he made me feel so useless and weak that I never dared to argue with him and on the occasions when I tried to vent my anger on him he would turn it around to be my fault. Like the many Saturday mornings when he came home from shopping. (I wasn’t allowed to shop I spent too much, whereas he always bought bargains – you know the deals where if you buy this you get that free or the end of date things). We had a freezer full of things we would never use and a fridge full of things that had to be eaten in one day but nothing for the rest of the week.

He often came in with a mood on, this would make me grumpy, (no one likes to be moaned at for no reason). Because I was now grumpy he would complain about my mood and stomp off to the pub.

During all these years he would tell me that I was

‘fat, ugly, useless with a brain like a sieve’

Now after so many years of being told this it becomes hard to believe otherwise. I believe that if you get married you should try to make the marriage work. I was not going to give up easily. I had to try to make it work. Besides I had nowhere to go and 4 children to consider. Because I had done such a good job of trying to make our marriage work he had no idea that it wasn’t working. The end of our marriage came as a big shock to him. For me it never really was a marriage. I had never been in love with him. We had never courted as such, just fell into a relationship as when we met we were both getting over broken hearts and needed someone to turn to. If I hadn’t got pregnant the marriage would never have happened.

Now, though we are divorced and I have never been happier. Financially we were never really solvent as a couple. Does anyone know a solvent alcoholic? But we did have two wages coming in, his full time wage and my part time wage (part time!! I worked longer hours than he did for half the money).

Now it is just me and the boys, I am the only one bringing any money into the home. It has been a struggle and there are days when we have to keep our coats on because it’s too darn cold and I don’t have any spare cash to buy gas. (Yes I have had to get a key meter for both the gas and electricity). There are days when we have just 2 slices of bread and no milk. But we manage, I have not killed any of them off yet.

Are we better off now? Financially no we are worse off but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it isn’t going to be like this forever and now that I have a full time job that I enjoy things can only get better.

However we as a family unit are much happier. Gone are the days of dreading the door opening, wondering if he is in one of his soppy drunk moods or in a nasty bad tempered mood that has everyone either cowering behind a cushion or hiding away in the bedrooms. Gone are the days where everyone had to be silent or risk his bellow of

‘Stop that noise’ or ‘be quiet’

In the past two years there has very rarely been a cross word spoke between any of the five of us. It took me a few months to realise that he was never going to be here again chastising me for staying up late or reading when I should be doing something else. I can have friends here if I choose. (visitors were forbidden when he was here).

Our house rings with the sound of music (not always to my taste, teenagers!!) and laughter where before there was only silence broken by shouts of ‘silence’.

There is an air of confidence about us all that was not there before. I have learnt that I am worth so much more than I ever knew. I am happy, I laugh, I joke, I feel sexy, I feel worthy, I have finally come to love the person I am.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

A true tale from a true woman. I'm struck by the notion .....it's important always....if you have a new relationship.......to say what you mean and mean what you say.....always

JVIP
www.forgirlswhocantdofootball.blogspot.com

Vi's Biggest Fan!!! said...

I love happy endings! :-)

I do hope that this does get published, because it is very inspirational for other women sufferers.

It has certainly helped me just knowing that there can be a light at the end of the tunnel. Though at the same time I am saddened by the horrible life you once had, and I know there are others in the world going through these terrible things as we speak.

Thank you again for sharing these experiences and congratualtions for over coming them! You deserve it.

:-) xx

nitebyrd said...

Lady, this is such an inspirational story for so many women. You don't blow wind up their skirts but you do express hope. I'm with VBF, I hope this is one that gets published.

RONJAZZ said...

You turned a big light for a lot of women with sharing this elegant little story. I'm quite proud of you, honey!

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sorrow11 said...

You paint a very poignant story with your words, It leaves the reader wondering and pondering there own life choices...
I stumbled here by way of Pixie, but Have seen you here and there, must have been my night to find this place...
Thank you.